COIN HOARD

Unique ID: HESH-658701

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find validated and published by finds advisers

Summary of the Shrewsbury hoard

18 radiates and 9297 nummi to AD 335

The 9,315 coins were contained in a broken 'Severn Valley' ware jar. The subsequent archaeological excavation recovered a scatter of coins in the immediate area and some associated pottery sherds (from the jar). The pot had originally been placed in a pit and was covered by a large flat stone.

The majority of the coins present were nummi minted between AD 307 and 335. Eighteen radiates were also present. The latest dated coins in the hoard can be dated to AD 333-335. The internal stratigraphy of the pot suggests that the latest coins were added in a later deposition event. Within the lower layers of the pot were several fragments of a linen textile and an iron nail.

A summary of the hoard is given below. (The radiates are listed by emperor's reign and the nummi in groupings by the dates of the reverse designs). The 277 coins from the archaeological excavation are included in this summary as they are likely to have come from the hoard. A full catalogue is to be published shortly.

Summary Radiates:

Emperor Quantity
Total 18
Gallienus (sole reign: AD 260-8) 3
Claudius II (AD 268-70) 3
Divus Claudius 2
Victorinus (AD 269-271) 3
Tetricus I (ad 271-4) 1
Probus (AD 276-282) 1
Carausius (ad 287-93) 3
Uncertain emperor 1
'Barbarous' radiate 1

Nummi (by date and mint)

Issuer London Trier Lyon Arles Rome Ticinum Aquileia Siscia Other Eastern Uncertain Total

307-313

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

313-317

4

3

8

5

1

1

0

0

4

1

27

317-324

1480

1792

434

186

73

130

49

168

81

158

4551

324-330

383

1098

49

106

15

9

0

11

41

83

1795

330-335

0

1793

470

205

9

0

6

31

10

285

2809

Illegible

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

12

Irregular

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

102

102

Total

1868

4686

961

502

98

140

55

210

1

641

9297

A full report will be published in Coin Hoards of Roman Britain


Notes:

The work on this hoard was only made possible by grants for conservation work provided by Roman Research Trust and the Haverfield Trust

The hoard has now been purchased by Shropshire Museum Service with grants from the following institutions:

  • Headley Trust
  • V&A Purchase Grant Fund
  • Society of Roman Archaeology
  • Friends of Shrewsbury Museum
  • Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T450

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 334
Date to: AD 335

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 9315

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Dr Eleanor Ghey - [view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2009T450
Museum accession number: SHRMS:2013.00057

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Secondary material: Ceramic [scope notes| view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Complete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

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Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands
County: Shropshire
District: Shropshire
To be known as: Shrewsbury

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Woodland[scope notes]
Specific landuse: Coniferous plantation[scope notes]

References cited

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Created: Thursday 27th August 2009
Updated: Tuesday 12th March 2013

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